Hampshire police tackle anti-social behaviour
By Raviliouse | Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 10:27
The summer anti-social behaviour campaign has now ended and the results show a dramatic decrease in the number of certain anti-social behaviour incidents compared to last summer.
The three-month campaign, led by Hampshire Constabulary and local partners, has resulted in 1,315 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour, a reduction of 5 per cent.Summer anti-social behaviour campaign reduces number of ASB incidents
The campaign ran from June 2, 2012 to September 8, 2012, and figures were compared to the same period last year.
At the end of the three-month campaign,
- Street drinking was down 38 per cent (262 fewer incidents)
- Rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour was down 13 per cent (1,597 fewer incidents)
- Noise nuisance was down 7 per cent (155 fewer incidents)
- Littering was down 14 percent (58 fewer incidents)
- Trespassing was down 6 per cent (33 fewer incidents)
Campaign lead Insp Mark Hull said: "The decrease in so many areas of anti-social behaviour reflects the efforts made by our Safer Neighbourhoods officers across the force, who have been conducting increased targeted patrols in hot spot areas as well as visits to schools and youth clubs ahead of the summer holidays.
"We have also been working closely with licensees to tackle underage drinking; and we have made use of our SpeedWatch schemes run by volunteers to address the rising complaints about vehicle nuisance.
"Despite this year's success during a particularly busy summer with high demand on policing there is no time to be complacent. Tackling anti-social behaviour is a year-round priority for Hampshire Constabulary and we still have a lot of work to do to continue to reduce the level of ASB across the force."
Some of the examples of activity this summer include:
- Officers in the Lordshill area of Southampton organised various operations to tackle street drinking. This included engagement with owners and customers of alcohol-selling stores to highlight the issue of adults purchasing alcohol on behalf of juveniles; dispersing groups of youths and seizing alcohol from underage drinkers; and engagement with year 8 and 9 students at the local school.
- In Ryde, Isle of Wight, Safer Neighbourhoods officers increased patrols around the skate park and liaised with Ryde Town Council to close the park at 7pm in an attempt to improve the situation.
- In Aldershot, 21 new Neighbourhood Watch areas have been set up, doubling the number of members in the area compared to last year.
- Officers in Havant have been working in collaboration with Waterlooville colleagues to address the problem of motorcycles being ridden and dumped in Havant Thicket. Extensive patrols have resulted in a number of warnings being issued to those riding their motorbikes illegally in the area, meaning vehicles can be seized if they are caught again within the next 12 months.
- Fareham and Park Gate SNTs conducted cycle enforcement patrols to tackle dangerous cycling on pavements. Depending on circumstances, offenders received advice, a warning, or even a £30 fine.
Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson said: "We know that anti-social behaviour can really impact on the quality of life of those that are affected, and that reducing ASB is therefore key in making our residents feel safer and more confident. As well as tackling issues locally, we have improved our processes to better identify vulnerable victims of ASB and to provide the most appropriate and most effective response to ASB incidents.
"Anti-social behaviour remains a priority for Hampshire Constabulary and our Safer Neighbourhoods teams along with partner agencies will continue to work to tackle this issue to ensure that victims receive the support they need and long-term solutions are found and implemented."
Residents are urged to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to 101 so that resources and efforts can be targeted effectively. Visit the ASB section at www.hampshire.police.uk for more advice and information on what you can do if anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of